Approaching Eyri: Photographs, Memos and Ruin Memories 

Author(s): Þóra Pétursdóttir

Year: 2013


The use of photography and the meaning of the photograph in our dealings with modern ruins and ruination has been a much discussed topic in workshops, seminars and less formal contexts during the four year life of the Ruin Memories project. This discussion has often been driven by a critique of how photography has come to dominate our approaches, hinting that it may be an "easy way out" – touching the surface of things instead of properly digging them for knowledge.

With reference to my work with modern ruins at Eyri in Iceland I will in this paper seek to move from this critique towards a consideration of why this method is of value when dealing with modern ruins, and how its loyalty to the surface of things may also be a significant and constructive factor in our approaches and concern for things.

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Approaching Eyri: Photographs, Memos and Ruin Memories . Þóra Pétursdóttir. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428617)


modern ruins Photography Things

Geographic Keywords
Norway Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
20th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: 4.883; min lat: 57.988 ; max long: 31.074; max lat: 71.138 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 561